Becoming a Bricklayer
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Becoming a Bricklayer

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Also known as Blocklayer.
Lays bricks, pre-cut stone and other types of building blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, partitions, arches and other structures. Registration or licensing may be required.
Training time 1 - 3 years
Avg. weekly wage $999
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 6,900

How do I become a Bricklayer in Victoria?

To work as a Bricklayer in Victoria, you'll need:
  • A Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying
  • Completed apprenticeship
  • Recommended

  • Completion of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent
  • Strong understanding of Mathematics and English
  • Relevant pre-apprenticeship: Certificate II in Building and Construction (Bricklaying)
  • Construction Induction Card (also known as White Card) is required for access to any construction site in Australia

What does a Bricklayer do?

  • Studying plans and specifications to determine materials required, dimensions and installation procedures
  • Erecting and dismantling restricted height scaffolding
  • Sealing foundations with damp-resistant materials and spreading layers of mortar to serve as base and binder for blocks
  • Laying bricks in rows, designs and shapes, and spreading mortar between joints
  • Embedding blocks in mortar and removing excess mortar
  • Checking vertical and horizontal alignment
  • Cutting, shaping and polishing stones and bricks using machines and hand tools, and shaping bricks to fit irregular spaces
  • Repairing and maintaining bricks, cement blocks and related structures
  • Designing and cutting monumental masonry and lettering

Specialisations

  • Arch Builder
  • Chimney Builder
  • Refractory Bricklayer
  • Retort Setter (Bricklaying)
  • Tuckpointer